When you “go green,” you’re making an effort to have a positive impact on the environment around you — instead of a negative one. Whether you choose to live full-time in an RV or you just take it out for the occasional holiday, there are plenty of actions you can take to help preserve the environment one step at a time.
9 – Ways You Can Go Green When RVing
The same strategies you use at home can be employed in your RV as well. Some, but not many RV parks may offer recycling bins. In case the one you stay at doesn’t, bring along some storage bins — that you can place underneath the RV while parked and in the back of your vehicle or in the outside storage areas of the RV when traveling — to separate plastic, paper and aluminum cans.
Try to find a way to reuse anything that’s designed to be disposable. Trash can liners can be reused if nothing slimy or icky was placed in them. Plastic utensils can be washed and reused instead of being thrown away.
3. Be Mindful When Shopping
Look for products that don’t contain a lot of unneeded packaging. Products that are natural, organic or made locally tend to be better for the environment because they don’t usually require a ton of processing.
4. Create Less Waste
Try making your own drinks and storing them in a pitcher instead of buying prepackaged drinks that only get half drunk. Avoid making more food than you actually need unless you’re sure that your family will consume the leftovers.
Avoid buying too much perishable food at once so it won’t spoil before you are able to eat it. Also, avoid using paper towels if you can. A dishtowel can be washed and reused over and over.
5. Save Energy
Consider installing solar panels on the roof of your RV so you can avoid using utility hookups or a generator. Open the windows instead of using the air conditioner when weather permits. This will also allow for natural light, which means you will be able to turn off the interior lights in the RV.
Another benefit of saving energy is that you put less wear-and-tear on your RV and lessen the chances of having something go wrong. But things can go still wrong, especially if you opt to buy used. Consider looking into motorhome warranties, which can help you protect yourself from sky-high repair expenses.
6. Leave No Trace
When you stay at a campsite or even dry camp in a more primitive area, you should always leave no trace. That means picking up and bagging pet waste and properly disposing of trash.
Although you might think burning your trash in the campfire is a good idea, don’t do it for the most part. For example, if you burn plastic, it can create toxic smoke that’s unhealthy for the environment and your family.
7. Consider Your Fuel
Research alternative, more environmentally friendly fuels that you can use. For example, instead of using regular gasoline, see if you can use E-85 Ethanol-based fuel. Instead of using traditional diesel, check into green diesel made from organic matter or diesel fuel made from vegetable oil. You can even use biodiesel aka B20.
8. Ditch Chemical Cleansers
Try using vinegar and baking soda to clean instead of buying chemical products that aren’t good for you or the environment. You can also make your own toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner.
9. Monitor Water Usage
When showering, use the off switch on the showerhead to save water. For example, get in the shower and get wet, then turn off the showerhead while you soap up. Once you’re soapy, turn the showerhead back on to rinse off. By not letting the showerhead run the entire time, you’ll save gallons of water.
Avoid letting any faucet run unless you truly need to do so. Not only will this save water, but it also will keep you from filling up your gray water tanks so quickly, which is doubly important if you’re dry camping.
10. Ditch Electricity for Nature
One of the reasons to “go green” is to help the environment, so it makes sense to ditch electricity for nature. Opportunities to immerse yourself in nature abound when staying in an RV park.
While you’re enjoying the outdoors, look for other ways to improve the environment. If you see trash on the ground, pick it up and dispose of it. If you have something that you can share that would otherwise go to waste, share it. Always be aware and mindful of how you can benefit the environment.
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